Early moldmaking entrepreneur dies at 89


Stanley Williams Jr., 89, founder of Wilco Die-Tool Machine Co. in 1949 and Wilco Molding Inc. in 1975 in the St. Louis, MO area, passed away at his home May 24. Williams started his first shop in his parents' garage in 1946 after returning home from WWII, where he served in the Marine Corps. At first, Williams primarily fabricated metal stamping dies, but when he saw the demand for plastic injection molding growing, he began making tooling for plastic.

As the company grew over the next four decades, Williams added more equipment, including molding machines, so that by 1994, Wilco Molding had 13 presses. In 2008, Wilco bought an automation company and renamed it Wilco Automation LLC, and consolidated that business with Wilco Die-Tool Machine into a facility at Wilco's three-building complex in Maryland Heights, MO, comprising a total of 36,000 sq ft....
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